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Saturday, 29 October 2016

US election: Clinton demands details of new email probe




According to NEWTELEGRAPHONLINE.COM Hillary Clinton says she is
“confident” a new FBI probe
linked to her emails will not
change its original finding that
she should not be prosecuted.
The Democratic presidential
candidate called on the FBI
director to explain the new
inquiry to the American people.
James Comey earlier said the
FBI was looking into newly
found messages.


The latest emails came to light
during a separate inquiry into
top Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s
estranged husband, former
congressman Anthony Weiner.
Devices belonging to Ms Abedin
and Weiner were seized in an
investigation into whether he
sent sexually explicit emails to a
15-year-old girl in North
Carolina.
“The American people deserve
to get the full and complete
facts immediately,” said Mrs
Clinton.
“It’s imperative that the bureau
explain this issue in question,
whatever it is, without any
delay.”
She highlighted that Comey had
said he did not know the
significance of the new emails,
adding: “I’m confident (that)
whatever they are will not
change the conclusion reached
in July.”
Mrs Clinton’s Republican rival
Donald Trump, however,
described the FBI investigation
as “the biggest political scandal
since Watergate”, referring to
the 1970s scandal that engulfed
Republican President Richard
Nixon.
“It’s everybody’s hope that
justice at last can be delivered,”
he told supporters at a rally in
Iowa.
“The FBI would never have
reopened this case at this time
unless it were a most egregious
criminal offence.”
Comey said the FBI would
investigate if the newly
discovered emails contain
classified information.
The FBI chief said in a letter to
Congress that investigators had
discovered the emails “in
connection with an unrelated
case… that appear to be
pertinent to the investigation”.
He said he “cannot yet assess
whether or not this material
may be significant, and I cannot
predict how long it will take us
to complete this additional
work”.
The FBI has already established
the Democratic candidate had
classified information on a
private email server.
In July, Comey said Mrs
Clinton’s handling of sensitive
material during her 2009-13
tenure as secretary of state was
“extremely careless”, but
cleared her of any criminal
wrongdoing.
The revelation that she handled
sensitive information while
breaking federal rules by
running her own email server
out of her upstate New York
home has dogged her campaign
since last year, reports the BBC.
Clinton campaign chairman
John Podesta criticised the FBI’s
“extraordinary” timing.
The revelation comes just 11
days before Americans go to the
polls in the presidential
election.
Mrs Clinton is five points ahead
of Trump, according to a Real
Clear Politics average.

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